Neuroscience

The White House BRAIN Initiative in Oregon

Just over two years ago, President Obama made a dedication to support and enhance neuroscience research through the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies, or BRAIN, Initiative. The ultimate goal, a comprehensive map of the human brain under normal conditions and in various disease states, is a daunting and perhaps unattainable task. However, a year after the announcement, tangible goals and measurable outcomes were further defined by a Working Group of scientists, and we are … Read More

Meet Tianyi Mao: Looking at brain circuits in a new light

The Brain Research Awareness and Information Network (BRAINet) is the volunteer outreach organization of the OHSU Brain Institute. Each month, they come together for a lecture luncheon. Tianyi Mao, Ph.D. was a recent guest speaker. Our brains are the most sophisticated computing machines on the planet. They are amazingly plastic, yet macroscopically their structures are conserved across individuals within a species. Information, both internal and external, is processed by such stereotypical brain circuits. It flows from one sub-region in … Read More

Meet Helen Richardson, BRAINet chair and volunteer

In celebration of Volunteer Week, OHSU Brain Institute volunteers are “taking over” the blog to share their unique perspective. Helen Richardson is the Chair of the BRAINet Board. Why did you become a volunteer for OHSU? I’ve always been fascinated by the brain. When I discovered BRAINet, I knew it was an organization I wanted to be part of. Getting to learn about current research from those doing the work and then being able to … Read More

Meet Patricia O’Shea, Brain Resource Center volunteer

In celebration of Volunteer Week, OHSU Brain Institute volunteers are “taking over” the blog to share their unique perspective. First up: Patricia O’Shea, who volunteers at our Brain Resource Center and is an active member of BRAINet. Why did you become a volunteer for OHSU? I attended some of the first Brain Awareness events, back when they were held at OMSI. I’ve always been a very curious person with a strong interest in neuroscience. I … Read More

You’re invited to a special screening of Una Vida: A Fable of Music and Mind

You are invited to a very special screening of the award-winning movie Una Vida: A Fable of Music and The Mind. The film is based on the book written by Nicolas Bazan, M.D., Ph.D., internationally known neuroscientist and born storyteller. Recently previewed in Portland as part of the OHSU Brain Institute’s Brain Awareness Lecture Series, Dr. Bazan is hosting a special showing of the film in honor of and as a benefit for the Alzheimer’s Association, … Read More

Celebrate National Doctors Day by saying thank you

In celebration of National Doctors Day, our friends over at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital sat down with Dr. Nate Selden to ask what inspired him to become a physician – and what continues to inspire him in his day-to-day life as the Campagna Chair of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Doernbecher and Director of OHSU’s Neurological Surgery Residency Program. Below, find an excerpt of Dr. Selden’s post, originally published on our Doernbecher “Healthy Families” blog. Day to day, I never use any of the information I … Read More

Of molecules and minds: 5 things we learned at BRAINet

The Brain Research Awareness and Information Network (BRAINet) is the volunteer outreach organization of the OHSU Brain Institute. Each month, they come together for a lecture luncheon. March’s special guest was Eric Gouaux, Ph.D. Here are five things we learned about Dr. Gouaux and his research: 1. As a Senior Scientist and Principal Investigator for the Vollum Institute, Eric Gouaux’s lab studies the molecular principles underpinning the structure and function of chemical synapses. 2. He has been awarded … Read More

Brain Awareness Lecture recap: The Quest for Consciousness

Christof Koch, Ph.D. is chief scientific officer for the Allen Institute of Brain Science. On March 9, he spoke at the Newmark Theatre as part of our 2015 Brain Awareness Lecture Series. Here, he provides a brief summary of his presentation: The aim of my life as a scientist is to understand how consciousness comes into the world! How is it that the human brain, the most complex piece of organized matter in the known universe, is … Read More

Spring forward with ease with these tips from a sleep expert

Daylight saving time gives us an opportunity to enjoy a little more sunlight when we get home from a busy day. However, studies indicate that this time change can also be associated with disrupted sleep, and even a suggestion of increased hearts attacks soon after. Here are some tips for adjusting to daylight saving time this weekend: 1. Prepare for “springing ahead” by trying to get to bed early over this weekend. I would suggest … Read More

Five ways to explore Brain Awareness Season

On behalf of the OHSU Brain Institute, I am proud to present our 16th Brain Awareness Season! This year’s theme is The Infinite Brain. The universe is full of unlimited connections and possibilities, but the world inside our heads is as equally fascinating and infinite. Our brains not only affect how we think, feel and act, but also how society develops and evolves. The Season includes events for all types of audiences. Here are just a … Read More

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